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|10 Years on Sput: SputnikMemories of 2013|
Let's take a trip down memory lane. I joined Sput exactly 10 years ago. A decade after joining this site, I find myself rarely posting here, but I still think about Sput all the time. Sometimes I think about how much has changed on this site since 2013, and how much has stayed the same. One thing is for sure: 2013 was a year. Here are some SputnikMemories from that year.
The first album I ever reviewed on Sput. I was 16 when I joined this site and posted this review. After lurking on Sput for months before joining, I decided to join the site because I admired the writing of Sput's metal reviewers, particularly users/staff who reviewed thrash metal albums, and I wanted to join their ranks. I decided to review Unnatural Selection by Havok because it was just released and no one else had reviewed it yet on Sput. There was nothing special about this album, the music was super generic overall, but I was so hyped to post a review on Sput that I ended up overrating the hell out of Unnatural Selection in my review and was overly-positive in my writing. In hindsight, I wish my first review on Sput was more genuine.
Master of Puppets
First album I ever rated on Sput. Also the first album I ever 5'd. I no longer think Master of Puppets is a perfect album by any means, but I can't bring myself to un-5 this album due to sentimental reasons...y'know, this being my first 5 and first rating on Sput, and therefore the first piece of music that I ever rated on the internet.
South of Heaven
First post in my shoutbox: "Are you Skele?" I can't remember the user who posted this, but I have a vivid memory of receiving this message in my shoutbox a few days after I posted my first reviews on Sput. I had no idea what this meant, or who "Skele" was. Eventually, someone explained to me that this shoutbox message was asking me if I was an alt of a user named Skeletor, whose main account was banned on the site shortly before I joined, which is why I had never heard of him before. Apparently, Skele had been creating new alts on a weekly basis since being banned, and was using his accounts to write subpar reviews of metal albums. So when I suddenly joined the site in April 2013 and immediately posted subpar reviews of Havok and Children of Bodom, people assumed that I was a Skele alt. I doubt whoever shoutboxed me "Are you skele?" ever saw my response, as I responded to him in my own shoutbox (typical Skele alt behavior).
|4||Faith No More|
Shoutout to the friends I made on Sput in 2013! Atari, Manosg, Frippertronics, Johnnyofthewell, Mongi, Bmdrummer, Muisc4Life26 (lol that username), Graveyard, Pitchforkarms, Rowan, Inbredjed, Lloyd (aka tempest--), Demigod!, Necrotica (probably not his current username)...I recall that you guys were the very first friends I made on Sput.
First lists on Sput: the Breaking Baddathon lists. This was a 5-part series of lists that I posted in August 2013 in the week leading up to the premiere of the final episodes of Breaking Bad Season 5. These lists were probably the first time I talked about something on Sput that was not music related. These lists were a lot of fun to make and led to some fun discussions
|6||Stormtroopers of Death|
Bigger Than the Devil
This was the first review I ever posted that was neg'd by anyone. It's embarrassing how personally I took negs when I first joined the site.
Biggest accomplish of 2013: Reviewing the entire Mercyful Fate discography. One of my first goals when I joined Sput was to review every Mercyful Fate album by the end of 2013, and somehow I was able to achieve this. Never reviewed a band's entire discography ever again.
The Human Factor
My best review of 2013: My review for The Human Factor by Metal Church. This review is kinda my magnum opus and is likely one of the longest reviews on Sput. Probably my favorite review I've ever posted on this site. HUGE props to anyone who actually read this thing.
|9||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
F♯ A♯ ∞
I reached 1,000 comments on Nov. 4, 2013. It was such a big deal to me that I made a list about it: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=1027648&listid=133965
Weirdest SputnikMemory of 2013: I recall that there was a user named Decayingmajesty who was obsessed with Demi Lovato and joined Sput just a couple months after I did. I remember that this guy was the center of attention a lot of the time when I first joined Sput, but I can't remember why. I recall that Decay and his brother (forgot his username) added me on Facebook at one point. I accepted his brother's friend request but blocked Decay for some reason.
Selected Ambient Works 85-92
In late-2013, I joined Plug.dj and became a lot closer with my friends on Sput. I also discovered a ton of new music through Plug.dj, including Aphex Twin, who is now one of my favorite artists. Hard Jammers 4 life
|12||Born of Osiris|
Tomorrow We Die Alive
My worst review: My now-deleted review of Tomorrow We Die Alive by Born of Osiris. I listened to this album the very minute it was released, listened to it all the way through two or three times, and then wrote a review of the album as quickly as possible so that I would be the first person on Sput to review the album. It was a hilariously surface-level review that was riddled with typos, and was neg'd over 20 times within hours of being posted. In shame, I asked for the mods to delete this review the day after I posted it. This is still my only deleted review.
|13||Lou Reed and Metallica|
First album I ever 1'd on Sput. This rating will likely never change, although I do enjoy listening to this album occasionally due to its so-bad-it's-good quality.
Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
This is the first review I ever wrote that was featured on Sput's homepage, back in December 2013.
Favorite album of 2013. Runner up: Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X
Least favorite album of 2013
|17||Neutral Milk Hotel|
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Favorite album I discovered through Sput. I first listened to this album in September 2013. This is still probably my favorite album of all time.
Shoutout to the friends I made on Sput in late-2013: Laughingman22, Deathschool, Mynameispencil, SowingSeason, Gmemberkills, CaptainDooRight, Mort., Brostep, Futures, Climatic, AnimalsAsSummit, GreenLinkinMuse (I think this was his username if I remember correctly lol), Jacquibim, Ryus, 36chambers, BigPleb, Insurrection, and anyone else who I might be forgetting right now. I recall that I made a lot of friends on Sput in late-2013, probably November-December, after joining Plug.dj (aka "Hard Jams") and becoming more comfortable with commenting on lists and reviews of albums that I had never listened to before. If you don't see your name here and remember talking to me back in the day, we probably started talking in 2014-2015.
Dreams of the Divine Machine
My favorite user-created album of 2013. An industrial ambient record created by Laughingman22
Ambient Sputnik and The Dancing Government
2014 is when I really came out of my shell on Sput. I became a contributor, started rating and reviewing a lot more music, started posting about my own musical endeavors on the site, became social media friends with some of my best friends on Sput, and expanded my musical taste so much. It's crazy to think that I only listened to metal when I first joined this site. Thank you to all of you 2013 friends who have helped expand my taste in music with your recommendations, gave me constructive criticism on my reviews, and were just been good friends to me overall. Long live ambient Sputnik and the dancing government!
|Holy balls he's back.|
|Storm In A Teacup|
|Unfortunately skele is still here lol|
|Oh wow I would not expect Skele to still be around lol. Good for him |
|damn havent seen this username in a minute. great list glad to have you on here|
|2013 gang  m/|
@uncle thanks man, nice to see ya
|Haha muisc4life26, miss that guy|
|"It's embarrassing how personally I took negs"|
i mean, quite understandable. somebody downvotes your review and rarely admits to it or gives explanation, you tend to take it personally
|welcome back skele|
|haven't seen you around in ages fugg|
it's my 10th later in the year too, I'm pretty sure one of your review a random album games was how i got into hip-hopp
|@someone Yeah that’s a fair point. Appreciate you saying that|
@ffs Thank you friend -skele
@jasdevi Oh nice, congrats on your 10 years. And that’s awesome to hear, I loved organizing the review a random album game back in the day and it expanded my musical taste as well. It took me until 2015 to get into hip hop lol
|hey thanks for the shoutout, good user good taste nice reviews, big ups mate|
|Oh shit it’s Judio! long time no see |
—-tempest is El_newg now
Good list, good user
|hi I'm steak|
|plug gang all up in this list whoa|
great to see you Judio, thought i was the only one who remembers Decayingmajesty lmao
|Another chill user returns?? God bless 2023 |
|Holy shit |
|my 10-year anniversary is coming up this october. 2013 gang|
|Same but for August|
|Always nice to see an old friend passing by, and thanks for the list and shoutout. Your list brought me a lot of great memories, bud.|
|oh hell yeah|
|oh shit, nice to see you again |
|Great list. Your username is one I remember prominently from that era of Sput, even though I was less active at that time.|
|2013! ah man, the good ol days. nostalgia coursing through the veins. such a good list that took me down memory lane as we had similar paths. needed to see something like this to break me out of my slumber. good people, good times. i'm old. where did the time go? you were one of the first people i talked to on sput and become good friends with. appreciate you man and hope life is treating you well.|
viva la hard jammers!
|Damn what is good futures |
|this list single-handedly brought this site back to 2015|
is it safe to post people's 5s again
|Oh fuck what's up man|
|@el_newg Thanks man, it’s good to see that you still post here. I dig the new username too|
@Ars Hey it’s good to see you. That’s cool that your 10 year anniversary is coming up soon too, for some reason I thought you joined the site in 2014 otherwise I would have shouted you out here lol
@Steak Hey steak hope you’re doing well (or at least medium-well)
@Rowan Hey Rowbro it’s great to see you too. I was also thinking that I might be the only one on this site who remembers Decayingmajesty lmao
@Sowing Hey man I hope you’re doing well!
@SonomaDude That’s cool that your 10 year is coming up soon as well. I still think about the cult of tomorrow’s end every now and then, idk why but that documentary you made really stuck with me lol. Hope you’re able to reupload that documentary at some point
@Manosg It’s nice to see you too! That’s awesome that you still post here, I always really appreciated your comments on my Mercyful Fate reviews back in the day. If it wasn’t for your encouragement I probably would not have had the motivation to review their whole discog lol
@Toondude Hey man it’s nice to see you as well!
@Sunnyvale Wow that’s cool to hear that I’m remembered as being “prominent” on Sput at any point lol
@Futures Hey man I’m glad you liked the list! I hope life is treating you well too. Let’s definitely catch up soon
@Snake No unfortunately posting peoples 5’s will still get you IP-banned
@MFPENCIL Hey man, I’m doing well. I like your new username e, but MFDOOM’s favorite pencil doesn’t appreciate you stealing his name for your account. Please change your username by next Thursday thanks
|" for some reason I thought you joined the site in 2014 otherwise I would have shouted you out here lol"|
That's because I didn't start posting til Feb of 2014. All I did my first 6 months was rate stuff and lurk lol so all good, I'm basically a 2014 user
|I received permission from MF DOOM'S pencil to use their name. had to send them my social security number for it but i think it was fair trade off|
|Oh wow, such a wholesome thread. Great to see u around these parts again! I too have great memories from that era and u were always one of the real ones :]|
|plug.dj was so fun|
|Heyyy really glad to see you back here - lots of good memories from 2013 sput! You still making music? I still throw on the occasional Tours of the Bleak song - think Judgement and Bliss might have either shaped or coincided with my tastes way more than I could have called haha|
|@Ars Oh ok that makes sense|
@Pencil Damn that was a pretty sharp response, no wonder you’re a pencil
@Atari Great to see you too my friend!
@Trebor Agreed, I must have spent so many hours on plug back in the day but it was always a fun time
@Johnnyofthewell Hey I’m glad to see you too! Yep I still make music but I don’t post my music online anymore. I know that I’ll release another album at some point in the future but I have no idea when I’ll be able to bring myself to do that again. And that’s awesome to hear you still listen to Tours of the Bleak, I’m still really proud of how that album turned out. That’s cool to hear you say that about judgment and bliss, all credit to laughingman for writing that track
|Hi Nash. Good to see you’re still alive. |
|Very cool. I remember some of this from way back when. Glad to see the majority of everyone is still doing well. Times clock keeps ticking. |
|laughingman was the homie, i miss that guy tbh|
|'Weirdest SputnikMemory of 2013: I recall that there was a user named Decayingmajesty who was obsessed with Demi Lovato and joined Sput just a couple months after I did. I remember that this guy was the center of attention a lot of the time when I first joined Sput, but I can't remember why. I recall that Decay and his brother (forgot his username) added me on Facebook at one point. I accepted his brother's friend request but blocked Decay for some reason.'|
looool i always wondered if anyone else remembered decay. his brother was called malevolent or maleficient or something (im sure everyone called him Mal)
decay was the centre of attention because he was incredibly obnoxious
|also damn futures appearance what up my dude hope youre well|
Nice to hear from you, yo!
I vividly remember some of the plug.dj sessions - hearing Mr Bungle for the first time was a trip for me. Damn I hope you're well, mate!
|Storm In A Teacup|
|Mal had a brother? Mal was around for quite a long time.|
|yeah i feel like there was another person called mal that joined but im not sure|
|>First post in my shoutbox: "Are you Skele?"|
|Storm In A Teacup|
|I'm talking maleficient malicharem who became mal|
|Eoah he lives!!|
|@Gnocchi Hey Robert it’s good to see you too, didn’t recognize your username at first lol. I should have added a shoutout for you on my list too because I recall that you were one of the first guys who talked to me on Sput as well, and were really encouraging when I was just starting to write reviews and I always appreciated that|
@Rowan Agreed laughingman is a true homie. He’s been killing it as a video game developer these past few years, he has a new game coming out soon if you’re interested: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1624190/A_Chamber_of_Stars
@Mort: Lmao thanks for jogging my memory about Decay’s brother. And yeah that checks out about Decay being incredibly obnoxious lol
@Pitchforkarms: Nice to hear from you too man! That’s funny, I also heard Mr. Bungle for the first time on Plug lol. Someone played their song My Ass is On Fire and my life was never the same again. Hope you’re doing well too!
@Storm Maleficient/mal was actually a different user. After Mort jogged my memory I l remembered that the guy I’m talking about had changed his username to Mall, still can’t remember what his original name was though
|would love to catch up man! got time for anybody from the glory days.|
the decay lore has me rolling lol. i remember he would make lists like "politics- thoughts?". hilarious times. his brother was a cool dude i had him on fb too.
|damn crazy ive been on this site for 14 years lmao. congrats on the decade|
| 'Lmao thanks for jogging my memory about Decay’s brother. And yeah that checks out about Decay being incredibly obnoxious lol'|
no worries my dude. nice to see you, i remember you as someone who joined around the same time as me who was always very chill and good to talk to
|Storm In A Teacup|
|The Futures is now|
|@Futures Lmao Decay’s lists. I could never resist commenting on his lists even though they were always so inane lol|
@Klekticist Thanks, and congrats on 14 years! Time flies on this site that’s for sure
@Mort It’s nice to see you too man! I’ve always thought of you as a really chill guy as well and I always enjoy talking to you
|Yak bringing the swag as always m/|
|"It’s nice to see you too! That’s awesome that you still post here, I always really appreciated your comments on my Mercyful Fate reviews back in the day. If it wasn’t for your encouragement I probably would not have had the motivation to review their whole discog lol"|
Good times. I was actually reading your review while jamming Mercyful Fate - Time the other day, haha. Supposedly, Mercyful Fate will release a new album at some point. It would be really cool if you could review it, provided you have the time of course.
|remember the portuguese guy who put his poopy toilet paper in the trash bin? that was a good thread|
|"He’s been killing it as a video game developer these past few years, he has a new game coming out soon if you’re interested: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1624190/A_Chamber_of_Stars"|
ayo thats awesome, gonna give that a spin for sure. glad the guy is out there killin it
"remember the portuguese guy who put his poopy toilet paper in the trash bin? that was a good thread"
that was a classic thread. man i miss bach too
|what it do|
|long live phil|